The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,094 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday-- a decrease in cases after Friday’s record high single-day increase in cases.
Health officials reported 2,908 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest single-day increase in cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March.
Sunday’s increase in cases was accompanied by another spike in completed tests, with 36,038 more tests reported. The percentage of positive tests decreased slightly to 6.2%.
During a news conference on Thursday, NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said the percentage of positive tests had stabilized, but is much higher than it was in September -- and still higher than the benchmark of 5% or lower.
Currently, 1,147 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, with 96% of hospitals reporting. It’s another metric Cohen said had stabilized at a high level.
Dr. Cohen’s breakdown of COVID-19 trends:
- People showing up to emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms: Decreasing, but elevated (early warning indicator)
- New cases: Increasing
- Percentage of positive tests: Level (sitting at 6%-7.5% but leaders want it closer to 5%)
- Hospitalizations: Level
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New cases vary day by day based on a lot of factors. That can include how long it takes to get results back, so a new case reported today can really be several days old.
The other big metric we watch is the percent of positive cases. This is data we can only get from the state because it’s not as simple as factoring a percent of new cases each day from the number of tests. That’s because test results take days and come from a variety of places.
As of Sunday afternoon, there were 36,311 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 405 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents.
Highlights about the 35,332 COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of November 4, 2020 include:
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